News Articles – 2006


  • Improved BenefitsCheckUp Website Helps Seniors Quickly Find Benefits
    WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2006 — The National Council on Aging (NCOA) today announced the unveiling of a new, more user-friendly BenefitsCheckUp Web site. BenefitsCheckUp is a free and confidential online service that helps seniors determine what benefits they qualify for and how to claim them.
  • National Council on Aging’s ‘BenefitsCheckUp’ Provides Real Help During Family Caregivers Month
    WASHINGTON, DC, November 07, 2006 — November is National Family Caregivers Month, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that more than one third of the population (over 100 million) are either caregivers or those receiving care; of those, many are low-income seniors who need all the assistance that is available to them.
  • NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp Now Allows Automatic Filing for Medicare Extra Help and Other Needed Benefits
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 24, 2006 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has added a new feature to its Web-based BenefitsCheckUp service that could assist several million people who are eligible for but have not enrolled in the Extra Help benefit available through Medicare's Prescription Drug Coverage (also known as Part D). The new service, available at, could be especially helpful to the more than 630,000 who were "deemed eligible" for the Extra Help in 2006, but who have recently lost their automatic eligibility for this assistance and must now apply for it.
  • Heat is on for Seniors Thanks to Information from the National Council on Aging’s BenefitsCheckUp
    WASHINGTON, DC, October 3, 2006 — October is Energy Awareness Month and we are reminded that no one should have to choose between staying warm in winter (or safely cool in summer) and paying for food, rent, medicine or other essentials. Every year, hypothermia kills about 600 Americans, half over 65, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that the federal government has just released $80 million to 14 states that will help people with limited incomes pay their energy bills this winter.
  • New Feature Helps Organizations Enroll People in Medicare Extra Help
    WASHINGTON,  September 30, 2006 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) announced today the launch of a new feature of its powerful online BenefitsCheckUp service that enables community organizations and state agencies to help some 3 million people with limited income and resources apply for the Extra Help through Medicare's Prescription Drug Coverage (also known as Part D). Organizations that currently use BenefitsCheckUp will now be able to electronically submit applications for the Extra Help to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and receive immediate confirmation that the application was received. The new feature will also help organizations find out if people qualify for other valuable benefits programs.
  • National Council on Aging Names Stuart Spector as Senior Vice President
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 10, 2006 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) today named Stuart Spector as senior vice president of its Benefits Access Group. This newly formed division brings together several units within NCOA including BenefitsCheckUp, the award-winning web-based outreach service, the Access to Benefits Coalition, Research and Public Policy.
  • NCOA Praises House Action on Older Americans Act and Its Emphasis on Benefits Outreach
    WASHINGTON, D.C., June 30, 2006 -- The National Council on Aging (NCOA) commends the House of Representatives for passing the Senior Independence Act (H.R. 5293) without dissent. The legislation would reauthorize and strengthen services offered under the Older Americans Act, the chief federal law governing the organization and delivery of a number of social services for older Americans.
  • NCOA Calls for Renewed Effort to Enroll Those with Limited Means in Part D
    WASHINGTON , June 14, 2006 -- In testimony today before the House Ways and Means Committee concerning Medicare prescription drug implementation, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) commended the successful enrollment efforts thus far and stated that much remains to be done. NCOA called for a targeted national strategy to reach out and enroll the over 3 million beneficiaries in greatest need who are eligible for the low-income subsidy (LIS), and comprise up to 75 percent of those who still do not have drug coverage.